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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings aiming for net zero emissions by 2050

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has announced a commitment to pursue net zero emissions by 2050 across its operations and value chain.

The company – which includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises – also outlined a plan to develop short and near-term greenhouse gas reduction targets to support its path to net zero.

A “key driver to achieve the net zero ambition” is the development of alternative fuels along with the associated infrastructure at destinations globally to support the usage of these fuels, a statement said.

The company added it was “committed to partnering, researching and driving discussions to identify an appropriate alternative fuel source that can also be sufficiently scaled”.

For example, NCLH is currently working with engine manufacturers and classification societies in planning for methanol engine retrofit.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and chief executive officer Frank Del Rio said: “The pursuit of net zero will be one of the most defining voyages that our company will take.

“The scope of our net zero ambition spans our entire value chain as we aim to bring key partners, including our vast network of global suppliers, along with us on this transformational journey.

“While we recognise that the pathway will be complex, requiring significant collaboration, innovation and technological advancement, we are committed to doing our part to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

Last year, NCLH agreed to purchase 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO₂e) offsets as a measurable action to address decarbonisation gaps in the short term while it works on long-term solutions.

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